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upend

[uhp-end]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to set on end, as a barrel or ship.
  2. to affect drastically or radically, as tastes, opinions, reputations, or systems.
  3. to defeat in competition, as in boxing or business.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become upended.
  2. to place the body back-end up, as a dabbling duck.
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Origin of upend

First recorded in 1815–25; up- + end1
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  • The log plunges after him, holding him down and back till he drowns; and his whereabouts are revealed by the upend of the tree.

  • It is safe, as we will never meet again, and all ideas of justice will upend in the coming cataclysm.

    The Sequel

    George A. Taylor


British Dictionary definitions for upend

upend

verb
  1. to turn or set or become turned or set on end
  2. (tr) to affect or upset drastically
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Word Origin and History for upend

v.

1823, from up + end. Related: Upended; upending.

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